Box Score Bank: It's All About 18


Box Score Bank: It's All About 18

I figured we'd kill some time before tonight's game with a little Box Score Bank. And since it's all about 18 for the Celtics, I figured we'd go back 18 years. And since the Celtics season was long over by this day in 1994, we'll have to go with the Red Sox.

Got that?

So, let's set the Box Score Bank for June 7, 1994

Billy Clinton was in his second year as president. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was No. 1 at the box office. I Swear by All-4-One was in the midst of its 11-week run atop the Billboard charts. Five days later, someone murdered Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman

And over at old Tigers Stadium, Roger Clemens was dominating Detroit.

Final Score: Red Sox 5, Tigers 1

In all, Clemens struck out 12 Lou Whitaker and Cecil Fielder three times a piece, Kirk Gibson and Junior Felix twice, and Mickey Tettleton, Tony Phillips and Danny Bautista once over seven innings. He also gave up only four hits, one run (a Tettleton ding dong) and walked three. Ken Ryan pitched two scoreless innings to wrap up the win.

On the other side, the Sox bats hit up David Wells for three runs over five innings including a two-run homer by the almighty Rich Rowland. And picked up insurance runs off Joe Boever (in his pre-Saver days) and Phil Stidham (who gave up a home run to the almightier Lee Tinsley).

But the story was Clemens, which brings me to an important question: How pissed are you going to be when he gets off on this perjury case? I mean, I'm sure he'll get hit with something minimal. And there's a small piece of satisfaction to be had in the fact that he's wasted so much time, effort and money fighting this thing. But just once, I'd like to see one of these guys break the law and actually do some time.

Same goes for whoever killed Ron and Nicole.

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Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?